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Posted: Sunday, October 3, 2021. 11:22 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Due to the increasing amount of COVID-19 cases in Belmopan and surrounding areas, the Western Regional Hospital (WRH) has gone into emergency mode, bringing a number of changes to its daily operations.

The measures come on the heel of a reported outbreak of COVID-19 among hospital staff and ancillary personnel. While most of the cases were asymptomatic, many had to be placed on quarantine to avoid further spread.

The Belmopan hospital said that, while in emergency mode, elective surgeries and specialist clinics will be canceled until further notice. Outpatient clinic hours have been reduced and will now run from 8:00 am to 12 noon. And except for minors and those needing assistance, those visiting outpatient clinics are asked to do so alone.

Under the new arrangements, visitors will not be allowed into in-patient areas. Those bringing items for patients are asked to label them properly with the patient’s name and ward and deliver the items to the security guards.

Vendors will also not be allowed in the hospital compound.

Guardians or relatives permitted to stay with a patient must either be fully vaccinated or produce a negative COVID-19 test done within the last 48 hours.

“All persons entering our compound must wear an appropriate mask over their mouth, nose, and chin AT ALL TIMES,” the hospital said.

The WRH pleaded for the cooperation of the public as health officials try to get the country’s COVID-19 situation under control.

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